The Hyundai Tiger X-1 has 4 wheels, every powered by an electrical motor. Each of these wheels is on the top of a protracted, bendable leg. The autonomous car will drive so far as it will probably on its wheels, however, when it encounters obstacles it will probably’t drive over, it can stand up on its legs and stroll over them. The legs may bend because the wheels roll over uneven terrain, conserving the cargo space degree. The car may drive in any route — forwards, backwards or aspect to aspect — utilizing both its wheels or legs.
Hyundai envisions it getting used for tough rescue operations following pure disasters akin to earthquakes. A kind of autonomous walking cargo service, it isn’t designed to hold folks, solely provides.
The Tiger (which stands for Transforming Intelligent Ground Excursion Robot with “X-1” indicating its experimental nature), may additionally connect with an unmanned aerial drone that may carry it to and from distant places, Hyundai stated. The Tiger and drone may additionally cost each other’s batteries as wanted.
This cargo-solely Tiger would require not less than one other 5 years of improvement and testing earlier than it is prepared for actual-world use, in line with Hyundai. A car like just like the Elevate that would safely carry folks will take longer.
The Tiger is being developed by Hyundai’s California-based New Horizons Studio, a division of Hyundai Motor Group that design autos that may go locations bizarre vehicles and vehicles can’t.
Vehicles like this could possibly be used to discover the floor of the moon or different planets, stated John Suh, director of the New Horizons Studio. They may be used as taxis with their legs elevating and reducing the car to make it extra accessible to folks in wheelchairs, he stated.
Hyundai is in talks to take a controlling curiosity within the robotics firm Boston Dynamics, however Hyundai executives stated Boston Dynamics was not concerned on this venture. Instead, Hyundai labored with the design software program firm Autodesk and Sundberg-Ferar, a car idea agency.